Granville Community Calendar

Planning Commission Minutes June 22, 2015

GRANVILLE PLANNING COMMISSION

June 22, 2015

7:00 pm

Minutes

 

Call to Order:  Mr. Hawk (Chair) called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

 

Members Present:  Mr. Hawk (Chair), Mr. Wilken, Mr. Burriss, Mr. Eklof (Vice Chair) and Jackie O’Keefe (non-voting ex-officio member).

Members Absent: Mr. Potaracke.

Staff Present:  Alison Terry, Planning Director and Michael King, Law Director.

 

Also Present:  Terri Charles, Pat Kelley, Angela Walter and Tim Klingler.

 

Citizens’ Comments:  None.

 

New Business:

 

418 East Broadway – Terri Charles - Application 2015-83: The property is zoned Suburban Residential District-B (SRD-B) and is located within the Architectural Review Overlay District (AROD). The request is for architectural review and approval of the following exterior improvements:

1)                  Replacement of a gravel driveway with concrete;

2)                  New concrete floor in garage;

3)                  Removal of two basement level windows and replacement with glass block; and

4)                  Installation of a wood board skirting on the western side porch from the decking to grade.

 

Swearing in of Witnesses: Mr. Hawk swore in Terri Charles and Alison Terry.

 

Discussion:

Terri Charles, 418 East Broadway, Granville Ohio stated her plans as summarized above.  Planner Terry stated there is a slight encroachment on the neighbor’s driveway, but the neighbor has no problem with the submitted plans.  Planner Terry asked if the windows will be operable and Ms. Charles indicated “No”. 

The Planning Commission reviewed the standards and criteria pertaining to Application #2015-83:

 

a)         Is stylistically compatible with other new, renovated and old structures in the Village District?  Mr. Burriss stated TRUE, the proposed improvements are consistent with the style and architecture of the home and the surrounding area.  All other members concurred with Mr. Burriss.

 

b)         Contributes to the improvement and upgrading of the historical character of the Village District.  Mr. Burriss stated TRUE, the proposed improvements contribute to the upgrading of the home and therefore the District overall.  All other members concurred with Mr. Burriss.

 

c)         Contributes to the continuing vitality of the District.  Mr. Burriss stated TRUE, that as above in item b, the proposed design and materials are consistent and therefore contribute to the vitality of the District overall.  All other members concurred with Mr. Burriss.

 

d)         Protects and enhances examples of the physical surroundings in which past generations lived.  Mr. Burriss stated TRUE, the proposed improvements are consistent and historically correct with other projects previously approved in the District, thereby protecting the physical surroundings in which past generations lived.  All other members concurred with Mr. Burriss. 

 

Mr. Wilken made a motion to approve Application #2015-83 as submitted.  Seconded by Mr. Eklof.  Roll Call Vote to Approve Application #2015-83:  Burriss (Yes), Wilken (Yes), Eklof (Yes) and Hawk (Yes).  Motion Carried 4-0.

 

410 North Granger Street – Pat Kelley on behalf of Greg & Angela Walter - Application #2015-85: The property is zoned Suburban Residential District-B (SRD-B) and is located within the Architectural Review Overlay District (AROD).  The request is for architectural review and approval of the structural demolition of a two-story detached garage located at the rear of the property.

Swearing in of Witnesses: Mr. Hawk swore in Pat Kelley, Angela Walter and Alison Terry.

 

Pat Kelley, 51 N. 4th Street, Newark, Ohio, stated the plans for the demolition of the garage.  Planner Terry indicated the Historical Society submitted a letter indicating the garage has no historical significance.  Planner Terry explained the plan was to remove and replace the structure with a more appropriate style building.  The Village Council will need to authorize the demolition and BZBA will be reviewing a variance dealing with setback and lot coverage issues at their next meeting. 

 

The Planning Commission reviewed the standards and criteria pertaining to Application #2015-85:

 

a)         The removal of the structure shall not inappropriately interrupt the continuous street built edge of any adjacent street or right of way.  Mr. Burriss stated TRUE, the proposed demolition is in the rear yard of the property and will not interrupt the continuous street built edge. All other members concurred with Mr. Burriss.

 

b)         The proposed structure is of no or little historical significance.  Mr. Burriss stated TRUE, the Granville Historical Society has indicated the structure has no historical significance and the Commission agrees with that assessment.  All other members concurred with Mr. Burriss.

 

c)         The demolition of the proposed structure will in no way adversely affect the health, safety or general welfare of the neighboring properties or community in general.  Mr. Burriss stated TRUE, the removal of the structure will not affect the health, safety or general welfare of the neighboring properties or community.  All other members concurred with Mr. Burriss.

 

Mr. Wilken made a motion to recommend approval of Application #2015-85 to the Village Council for the requested demolition project. Seconded by Mr. Burriss.  Roll Call Vote to Approve Application #2015-85:  Burriss (Yes), Eklof (Yes), Wilken (Yes) and Hawk (Yes).  Motion Carried 4-0.

 

410 North Granger Street – Pat Kelley on behalf of Greg & Angela Walter - Application #2015-86: The property is zoned Suburban Residential District-B (SRD-B) and is located within the Architectural Review Overlay District (AROD).  The request is for architectural review and approval of the construction of a one and one-half story detached garage located at the rear of the property. 

Swearing in of Witnesses: Mr. Hawk swore in Pat Kelley, Angela Walter and Alison Terry.

 

Pat Kelley, 51 N. 4th Street, Newark, Ohio, stated the applicant is proposing to build a structure designed as a garage on the ground level and an office for the homeowner above.  Ms. O’Keefe asked if the structure is really a story and a half or a two story.  Planner Terry answered that the second level is not a true second story because of the dormers.

Mr. Burriss questioned whether there would be a full bathroom located in the upstairs space and the applicant responded “yes.”  Planner Terry indicated that only a half bath could be provided in this accessory structure so that in the future it could not be converted to a separate living unit.  Mr. Wilken suggested a shower should be allowed, as his former office space had a shower located in it, however Planner Terry again pointed out that subsequent owners might use the structure incorrectly and that this property was not zoned for a commercial use. 

Mr. Kelley indicated the new structure will have matching faux board and batten siding painted rustic red which will match the house color with matching vinyl trim.  The upstairs will have a rear deck and plumbing for a half bathroom and small kitchenette but no bathing facility.  Mr. Burriss asked if a ground mounted air conditioning unit would be installed and the answer was “yes.”  The Commission indicated the air conditioning unit will need to be screened somehow similar to what has been required of other applications. 

The Planning Commission reviewed the standards and criteria pertaining to Application #2015-86:

 

a)         Is stylistically compatible with other new, renovated and old structures in the Village District?  Mr. Burriss stated TRUE, the proposed garage is consistent with the style and architecture of the home and the surrounding area.  All other members concurred with Mr. Burriss.

 

b)         Contributes to the improvement and upgrading of the historical character of the Village District.  Mr. Burriss stated TRUE, the proposed garage contributes to the upgrading of the home and therefore the District overall.  All other members concurred with Mr. Burriss.

 

c)         Contributes to the continuing vitality of the District.  Mr. Burriss stated TRUE, that as above in item b, the proposed design and materials are consistent and therefore contribute to the vitality of the District overall.  All other members concurred with Mr. Burriss.

 

d)         Protects and enhances examples of the physical surroundings in which past generations lived.  Mr. Burriss stated TRUE, the proposed garage is consistent and historically correct with other projects previously approved in the District, thereby protecting the physical surroundings in which past generations lived.  All other members concurred with Mr. Burriss 

 

Mr. Wilken made a motion to approve Application #2015-83 as submitted.  Seconded by Mr. Eklof.  Roll Call Vote to Approve Application #2015-83:  Burriss (Yes), Wilken (Yes), Eklof (Yes) and Hawk (Yes).  Motion Carried 4-0.

 

Property Maintenance Code Review:

 

Discussion:

Planner Terry opened the discussion with a brief overview about why the Planning Commission was reviewing a proposed property maintenance code for Granville.  A new code section would address the need for properties to be structurally safe, in good repair to keep structures free of vermin, etc.  The Code would not address aesthetic issues or concerns.  Planner Terry also indicated the Licking County Building Code Department does not enforce property maintenance issues – those issues are addressed by individual municipalities.  At present inspections and/or property violations are addressed by the Planning Department on a complaint driven basis.  The property is visually assessed by the Planning Department and a written notice is served to the owner if a violation of the Code is evident.  The intent of a property maintenance code would be to work with the property owner to achieve code compliance. 

Law Director King said that the Ohio Supreme Court has heard cases regarding property values, aesthetics, and blight and used language such as safety and sustainability.  Any proposal would need to be consistent and practical in its enforcement.  There are legitimate concerns in some areas, but the Village wants to work with property owners to resolve compliance issues rather than sending them through Mayor’s Court and imposing fines.  Law Director King indicated there should be a balance of fairness in any Code.  There is always a potential for stigmatizing and embarrassment of property owners and the Village will work hard to mitigate those concerns.  Aesthetics and cosmetics are tough territories to assess.  The goal should be to not over-regulate and to focus on health and safety concerns first and foremost.  Junk around a property can be handled by a current code.  Law Director King discussed the process relative to violation notices sent, indicating that the property owner could request a hearing before the Village Manager to discuss bringing the property into compliance.  The Commission had several questions regarding process, which individuals could appear at the hearing with the Village Manager, whether the property owner could find out who had filed a complaint against them, etc. Law Director King indicated he would need to look into these items further and respond back to the Planning Commission.

The Planning Commission asked if the community could help some of the people who receive violation notices.  A suggestion was made that perhaps community service hours from the Mayor’s Court could be utilized with this program.  Planner Terry and Law Director King will work to address some of the concerns and come back to the Commission with clarification.

 

Finding of Fact Approvals:

 

New Business:

 

a)         Application #2015-83, Terri Charles; 418 East Broadway; Driveway Replacement, Window Replacements and Deck Renovations: Approve Findings of Fact and Associated Standards and Criteria.  The Planning Commission found the request to be consistent with The Granville Codified Ordinances Chapter 1161, Architectural Review Overlay District (AROD) and Chapter 1163, Suburban Residential District-B (SRD-B) and hereby gives their approval of Application #2015-83. 

 

            Mr. Eklof moved to approve the Findings of Fact for Application #2015-83.  Seconded by Mr. Wilken. Roll call vote:  Eklof (Yes), Burriss (Yes), Wilken (Yes) and Hawk (Yes).  Motion Carried 4-0.

 

 

b)         Application #2015-85, submitted by Pat Kelley on behalf of Greg & Angela Walter; 410 North Granger Street; Demolition of Detached GarageApprove Findings of Fact and Associated Standards and Criteria.  The Planning Commission found the request to be consistent with The Granville Codified Ordinances Chapter 1162, Structural Demolition and hereby recommends approval of Application #2015-85 to the Village Council. 

 

            Mr. Eklof moved to approve the Findings of Fact for Application #2015-85.  Seconded by Mr.  Wilken. Roll call vote: Eklof (Yes), Wilken (Yes), Burriss (Yes), and Hawk (Yes).  Motion Carried 4-0.

 

c)         Application #2015-86, submitted by Pat Kelley on behalf of Greg & Angela Walter; 410 North Granger Street; Detached Garage: Approve Findings of Fact and Associated Standards and Criteria.  The Planning Commission found the request to be consistent with The Granville Codified Ordinances Chapter 1161, Architectural Review Overlay District (AROD) and Chapter 1163, Suburban Residential District-B (SRD-B) and hereby gives their approval of Application #2015-86. 

 

            Mr. Eklof moved to approve the Findings of Fact for Application #2015-86.  Seconded by Mr. Wilken. Roll call vote:  Eklof (Yes), Burriss (Yes), Wilken (Yes) and Hawk (Yes).  Motion Carried 4-0.

 

Motion to approve absent Commission Member:  Mr. Wilken made a motion to excuse Mr. Potaracke and Mr. Burriss seconded.  All in favor voice vote, motion carried 4-0.

 

Motion to approve the Planning Commission Meeting Minutes from June 8, 2015:  Mr. Wilken made a motion to approve the minutes from the June 8, 2015 Planning Commission Meeting.  Mr. Burriss seconded.  All in favor voice vote:  Motion carried 3-0.

 

Meeting Announcements – next meetings:

July 13, 2015

July 27, 2015

August 10, 2015

 

Mr. Hawk declared the Planning Commission meeting adjourned seeing as there was no further business before the Commission.

 

Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 8:18 p.m.

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